Phillip Ridlen

What are you doing?

This is a now page. If you have your own site, you should make one, too.

When Twitter first arrived on the scene, it had one mission: answer the question, “What are you doing?” Twitter no longer serves that purpose for most of its users, and as such, a better place to keep up with me is to watch this page.

This is what I’m doing as of March 30, 2020.

🦠 COVID-19

My family is starting to venture out more now, since the number of new cases in my county has been relatively flat for quite some time now. I’m continuing to monitor the situation, but things are looking hopeful as businesses and other places are starting to open up. I’m trying to be realistic about how things are looking; realizing that just because I can go do things doesn’t mean that I necessarily should.

I’m spending about 20 hours a week on my church’s pre-recorded video service, since we don’t have enough upload bandwith to do a livestream. I’m having a ton of fun learning new things, but I’m also looking forward to the day when I no longer am required to spend that much time on this.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family

I recently adopted a beautiful one-year-old girl on February 21, 2020. I live in Burleson, Texas (just south of Fort Worth) with my wife and our three kids aged 5, 4, and 1. Interesting fact: my youngest two share a birthday!

👨‍💻 Career

I’m currently happily employed as a Lead Software Engineer at Stitch Fix. It’s a fantastic place to work: competitive compensation, interesting challenges to solve with a great deal of autonomy, great benefits, and a serious commitment to life/work balance.

I work remotely keeping the our payment systems running smoothly. Our tech stack is mostly Ruby on Rails, with a smattering of Go and React. You should come work with me!

I’m not seeking other employement or contract work at this time. Please do not solicit me for open positions.


👨‍🏫 I’m still the youth leader at Burleson Bible Church where I mentor and teach students in grades 7 through 12. Yes, I still laugh at fart jokes. Because they are funny.

⛰🏃‍♂️ I love trail running. I’m slowly working up to longer distances. Most recently I completed my first trail 10K in September 2019. I was training for an 8-mile trail run on April 18th, but that has been canceled due to this stupid virus and I’m looking forward to it next year.

🤠 I wrangled the RubyFTW Fort Worth Ruby Enthusiasts Group for a number of years, but I hung my hat, and eventually that group was put out to pasture.